“An interior is the natural projection of the soul.”

~Coco Chanel









For me every home has a soul to be discovered.



We might feel a good experience as we walk into a home for the first time…



other times it takes a while to see what it needs we must listen carefully.



 Since moving into this cottage on the Oregon coast in 2015 I have tried to be in tune to it’s needs…



and my wants.



Fortunately…and more often than not the two have come together-rather effortlessly.



Such was the case when recently vintage looking pavers were added to replace the gravel driveway.





A bit of charm added each year…it might be  something small which adds the most life and beauty into the soul of a home…



shrubs planted to replace an old fence…a few new windows…flooring … a fresh coat of paint.



This  sweet cottage soul speaks simplicity…



and not unlike the coming of Spring…



It’s time has begun to blossom …



just a little more.




With the arrival of Spring Joe & I agreed making veggie spring rolls would be perfect with all the bright cheery colors of the season wrapped up in a yummy (and easy) and healthy meal.









1 package rice paper spring roll wrappers

1 (5 0x.) bag baby spring lettuces

1 red bell pepper, cut into strips

1 hothouse cucumber, sliced

1 avocado, peeled and sliced

1 cup shredded carrots

1 cup thinly sliced purple cabbage

fresh mint and basil





  1. Fill a wide bowl with at least an inch of warm water. Dip one rice paper wrap in the water and let soften 5-10 seconds. Remove from the water and lay on you work surface.




2. Place a handful of the greens toward one end of the soaked wrap. Top with the other veggies and herbs. If you want certain veggies showing at the top of the rolls, lay that toward the other end.



3. Pick up the end of the rice paper closest to your mound of veggies and tightly wrap it over the veggies. Grab each end and fold over like a burrito. The paper will stick to itself. Continue wrapping the roll until sealed. Continue making the rolls this way until you have made all you want or are out of ingredients. Store the rolls covered in the refrigerator until ready to eat, then cut in half on the bias. Enjoy with peanut sauce.



Joe does the shopping for our cooking date and he thought it would be fun to do a comparison with the homemade peanut sauce and store bought one. So he purchased a Thai peanut sauce and we made the prepared recipe below. (Both were very good)



1/2 cup peanut butter (unsalted, unsweetened)

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1/2 tablespoon minced ginger

1 clove garlic, minced

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

1/2 teaspoon sriracha sauce

1/2 teaspoon maple syrup

1/3 cup water


Add the peanut butter, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, vinegar, sriracha, and maple syrup to a small bowl or jar. Whisk together, then whisk in the water slowly until the desired consistency has been reached. This peanut sauce tends to thicken up over time, so add more water as needed to thin. Taste and adjust as you’d like.



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Just Between Us



“Pain is inevitable suffering is optional”~Dalai Lama

Just between us…

It’s great to be home.





 as much as I loved my whirlwind trip to California😎 California



I sooooo longed returning…



to my sweet little cottage. by the sea



With Spring in the air along with…



daylight saving time…



all these projects had  been calling out to me…





👩‍🌾There is always work to do in the garden…🌺🌼🌸🌷



Oh and remember that hutch I wondered if I should paint white?



well…(I painted it!)



and it still needs just one last coat.😉



I had been excited about trying another fun new cooking recipe with Joe…



All that being said…ironically shortly after my return home…



I mysteriously pulled a muscle in my leg which again ironically kept me from doing any of those things until it healed. Which meant doing very little…

(okay to be really honest and just between us)

almost nothing…

other than…



take it easy.





Taking it easy.

Like I said…

( just between us)

It sure is great to be  home.😉




Unfortunately all I contributed to this week’s recipe was the taste testing part…which btw was pretty darn easy and quite yummy! (Thanks Joe!) 👨‍🍳 I highly suggest this simple recipe for Saint Paddy’s Day especially if you want to be Irish for a moment or two.


4 – 4 1/2 cups flour

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

4 tablespoons butter

One cup currants or raisins (Joe used cranberries)

1 large egg slightly beaten

1 3/4 cups buttermilk




 Preheat oven to  425°. Whisk together four cups of flour, the  sugar, salt, and baking soda into a large mixing bowl.



Work the butter into the flour, add currants or raisins. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture.



Add beaten egg and buttermilk to well and mix with spoon until dough is too stiff  to stir. Dust hands with a little flour then gently knead dough  just long enough to form a rough ball. If  dough is too sticky to work with add a little more flour. (Do not over knead) Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and shape into a round loaf.



Dough will be a little sticky and quite shaggy. (sort of like biscuit dough) You want to work with it just so that the flour is just moistened and the dough just barely comes together. If you over~knead, the bread will end up tough.



Transfer dough to a large slightly greased cast-iron skillet or a baking sheet (it will flatten out of bit in the pan or on the baking sheet) Using the serrated knive score top of dough about an inch and a half deep in an “X”shape. The purpose of the scoring is to help heat get into the center of the dough while it cooks.  Transfer to oven and bake until bread is golden and bottom sounds hollow when tapped, about 35~45 minutes. Remove pan or sheet  from oven, let bread sit in the pan or on the sheet for 5 to 10 minutes, then remove to a rack to cool briefly. Serve bread warm, at room temperature, or sliced and toasted.



Of  course I think it is best when eaten warm and just baked.👩‍🍳👨‍🍳

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California Girllfriends


“It’s astonishing how short a time it takes for very wonderful things to happen”

💞Frances Burnette





I hadn’t planned this trip to Southern California.😎



However after a surprise call one afternoon on a land line phone that rarely rings…and never used. (an unlisted number)

I knew I had to go.💕



 Considering the trip began late February…



and ended in early March…



it felt like a there and back again kind-a-trip.









I have to to tell you that today more than ever I know (without a doubt) that if something is meant to happen it will.



I’m still bewildered exactly how what I thought I had decided against occurred in spite of myself.



Yes…an unexpected call that afternoon in mid February had me packing my bags and heading out for California…😎



turning into a wonderful visit with dear…



and new friends.



 A magical reminder that we might think we have figured things out



deciding how things should go…



However what I was humbly reminded of that afternoon is that there are amazing moments in life orchestrated without us…and if something is meant to be…



it will🌴



Okay…now that I’m home….I must go and straighten up my sweet cottage…


and get ready for the arrival of Spring!💐







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Nantucket, Fairy Tales, and Dreams


”If you want your children to be intelligent read them fairy tales. If you want your children to be more intelligent read them more fairy tales.” ~Albert Einstein 




Hello! I’m currently in California & decided to re-edit a post from when I visited Nantucket right after moving to the Oregon Coast in 2015. It’s personally one of my favorites & somehow this recent trip to California made me think of it. I’ll be sharing about my California trip in next week’s post.😘


I’ve been thinking about Fairy Tales lately. No doubt it has everything to do with my recent visit to the beautiful, dreamy, fairy tale like island of Nantucket. I’ve been meaning to share some of the magic with you. Come, and join me for a little stroll…






I remember as a young girl I always wanted to go to Nantucket.




It represented that perfect place.




A place where life was as it should be.




Quaint cottages with white picket fences.




Beautiful gardens




and cobblestone streets.




Sort of like all those Fairy Tales we read as young children.




When the fairy tale seed was planted.




Stories that pointed out right from wrong, and that good always prevailed.




Stories of hope, inspiration



magical dreams.




And, who really knows how or when those dreams really began.




I’m a serious pushover for happy endings.




I love watching old movies, living in old houses, decorating with used old chipped furniture, visiting English gardens, having tea parties. fairy tales




And,  quite honestly I think these stories can be motivators for seeking real truth, happiness, and love in life.




Now into my adult lady~hood  and having traveled to this beautiful island and back again.




I’ve most certainly made a deeper peace with that young girl within.




Of course I loved Nantucket, and am glad I finally had the opportunity to visit. However somehow I returned with the satisfaction in knowing that the best Fairy Tale of all is living the life I have. Our real life. The one that is right before us at any given moment. The one that has a magic all of its own.



And,  of course even it’s own fairy dusty moments to dream upon.

Here’s a little glimpse of downtown Nantucket

And a fun bike ride through the back roads of Nantucket…

And here’s a recipe for Harvest Pumpkin Cupcakes

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin

3 eggs, slightly beaten

1/2 cup oil

1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 (18 ounce) box yellow cake mix

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2.  Place paper baking cups in 24 muffin cups. Combine pumpkin, eggs, oil, cinnamon and baking soda in bowl and mix well.
  3.  Add cake mix, 1/4 cup water and beat for 1 minute on low speed. Increase speed to high and beat for 2 minutes. Fold in walnuts.
  4.  Fill muffin cups two-thirds full and bake for 19-22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  5. Cool for 10 minutes in pan; remove from pan and cool completely before frosting. Yields 24 cupcakes.


1 (16 ounce) container ready-to- serve buttercream frosting

1 (2 ounce) bottle yellow, brown and orange sprinkles

  1. Spread frosting in swirling motion over cupcakes and top with sprinkles.
  2.  If you like, use 1 (2 ounce) bottle sugar-cinnamon gems instead of sprinkles. The cinnamon gems really complement the pumpkin in the cupcakes. Enjoy!



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Chasing Spring


“Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen”~Sukhraj Dhillon







I hope you are well.



I don’t know about you…

however this time of year it’s inevitable for me to catch the Spring bug.

 always have 

(it’s highly contagious)



For me it’s exciting to see things coming up again



plants that you have had for a while…





it’s like seeing an old friend…you rejoice!






depending just how hard the bug has hit it’s not uncommon (for me) to make several visits to the nursery to cure this Spring fever (of mine)



This year I caught the bug a little earlier and more than usual.


a teeny tiny bit more…



As a matter of fact (just between you and I) there have been several trips 🚗 to the local nursery to take care of this ailment 🌼🌺🌸 best medicine ever! 



I began to feel much much better…



happy as a clam! (a little coastal pun)



that was until good old Mother Nature returned with one of her powerful visits…leaving me with the reminder…

(there’s a time and season for everything)


no rushing this gal



a wonderful lesson




happiness is a state of mind…🌺

🌼Spring will be here soon…

All in good time.🌸

 Everything here gives me satisfaction. My home, my animals, my garden, of course my fabulous husband Joe…

and yes…

even good old Mother Nature.😉



I’m wondering if you’re thinking what I’m thinking…

(okay…just one quick run to the nursery)🚗🌸🌼🌺




That being said how’s about a fabulous yummy soup recipe perfect for a cold wintery like day. (just in case you find yourself fighting the same bug)

after all it is contagious.





1 Bay leaf

4 Carrot(s)

4 stalks Celery

4 cloves Garlic

2 cup Lentils

2 whole sprigs Thyme

1 Yellow onion

2 qt. Vegetable broth

1 tsp salt & pepper ( or to taste)

3 tbsp Olive oil

1 tbsp Cumin






  1. Set a large, dry dutch oven over medium heat and drop in Garlic cloves with their peels still on. Let them toast for a few minutes on each side, until the skins are browned and fragrant. Set aside.



2. Roughly chop the onion, carrots, and celery. Add the olive oil to the dutch oven and saute until browned and tender. Peel and smash up the garlic and add it back to the pot, along with the lentils and cumin. Cook for a few seconds, until the lentils are nicely coated in oil.



Empty the broth into the pot and add the Bay Leaf and whole sprigs of Thyme. Simmer until the lentils are tender, about 30 minutes. Remove the Bay Leaf and Thyme.



3.  Season with Salt and Pepper and serve piping hot.  This soup is fabulous on it’s own…however Joe suggested that we add vegetarian Italian sausage.

And so we did…which made it fabulous x2.

Thanks Joe!






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